Victims

New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation has announced over $ 1 million in federal funding to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan along with Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas say Turning Points Network in Claremont will receive a $450,000 award through the Transitional House Grant Assistance Program.

On top of that, the Northern Border Regional Commission awarded Turning Points $250,000 to support a move.

Bipartisan N.H. Support Shown for Proposed 'Marsy's Law'

Jan 16, 2018
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An outpouring of bipartisan support was shown at the State House on Tuesday for a bill to strengthen victims’ rights.

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Two laws signed by Governor Sununu on Wednesday will limit certain legal arguments in sex crime cases.

Beginning January 1 of next year, a defendant can no longer argue in court that he or she did not know the age of a prostitution or human trafficking victim.

Additionally, Sununu signed a high profile bill strengthening the state’s so-called “rape shield” law. He explained the change would “ensure that the private and unrelated sexual history of sexual assault victims will not be used against them in any court proceeding.”

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In the four weeks since the Boston Marathon bombings, the One Fund set up to collect donations for victims has raised more than twenty-eight million dollars. The decision on how that money gets distributed goes to Kenneth Feinberg, the so-called “great decider”. 

At public hearings held last week at the Boston Public Library, Feinberg stated that there is not enough money in the One Fund to satisfy everyone. Here to discuss how dollars get assigned to tragedies is Juliette Kayyem, national security and foreign policy columnist for the Boston Globe. She’s former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the department of homeland security.